Nicole is a senior manager of retail operations at The Kroger Co. She has worked for The Kroger Co. for nearly 18 years, growing up in Northern Kentucky and starting with the company as a bagger in high school. After attending the University of Kentucky to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management she moved to Indianapolis, IN to advance her career with Kroger in management. There she completed her Master’s in Business in Administration and soon found herself moving back to Northern Kentucky after five years to work at the corporate offices in Cincinnati. Upon moving back, she married her husband, Steve, whom she met in fourth grade. They have been married for nearly seven years and have two children Ally and Jason. They are very active in sports and in the communities. Nicole is honored to serve as the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank.
Steve currently holds the distinction of being the Board’s most senior member, with two adult daughters ages 29 and 25, one of whom was recently married, bringing a brand new son-in-law and “grandpuppy” into the family. Following the loss of his wife to complications from MS in 2014, and with daughters having left the nest, Steve continues to look for opportunities to contribute time, talent and treasure to both “give back,” and make some sort of difference/impact in the world. Volunteering with, and joining the Sweet Cheeks Board have been one way to further that goal.
In addition to Sweet Cheeks, Steve is actively involved with Girls on the Run, serving as a Race Committee member and in other capacities since 2005. Also, despite an admitted complete lack of skill or talent, Steve coached youth soccer on a recreational and competitive level for over 15 years, calling the opportunity to positively influence the lives of youth, “the most rewarding and fulfilling thing I’ve ever been blessed to have been involved in.” His longtime involvement with various animal rescue organizations has earned him the unofficial title of 3 time Foster Failure, which Steve explains: my “job” was to foster certain dogs for adoption, but I “failed” when I ended up adopting them myself. We think this experience, and sensitivity to his age, are why Steve only reveals his age in “dog years.”
Steve currently works in the pre-construction services department of Turnbull-Wahlert, a local regional General Contractor and aspires to utilize his Civil Engineering background and construction experience as SCDB continues its’ growth and potential need for new or expanded facilities. He hopes his willingness to do (most) anything, coupled with a good energy level (and short attention span), can be harnessed for the good of the Sweet Cheeks Mission.
Alex is the Regional Healthcare Director for Ohio, Indiana and Pittsburgh with Walgreens Boots Alliance. This role brought Alex to Cincinnati in 2016 shortly after welcoming her wonderful daughter, Edie, with her husband, Brandon. The family, including their dog Madaket, have fallen in love with the city of Cincinnati and the community! The family currently resides in the Hyde Park neighborhood. Alex is proud to be a part of several non-profit organizations in the area including the Cancer Family Care young professional board as well as the Network of Executive Women. Originally from the Chicago area, Alex received her Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy. As both a pharmacist and a mother, Alex is proud to play a role in eliminating the existence of diaper need in the Cincinnati community through this great organization.
Melissa currently serves as the Development Director of Film Cincinnati (aka the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Film Commission) which promotes Greater Cincinnati as a location for film productions to Hollywood film companies. She joined the commission in 2016 and works to grow the region’s film industry to impact local economic and workforce development.
She and her husband John met while students at the University of Cincinnati and currently reside in Mt. Lookout with their children Machlan and Catherine. Melissa is excited to be a part of Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank.
Eric is Partner & Vice President of Rik Saylor Financial, a wealth management firm in Cincinnati, Ohio, and has served as a Financial Advisor since 2008. His focus is on individual families and small business owners. He and his wife, Autumn, currently reside in West Chester, Ohio with their twin girls Veda and Nora, who they welcomed to the world in 2016. Eric received his BBA with a double major in Finance & Real Estate from the University of Cincinnati. Eric is also a proud board member for Angelman Syndrome Foundation trying to bring awareness and research to Angelman Syndrome. He also co-chairs the “Pick Your Charity” golf outing each year to help out a different local charity, which started back in 2007. Eric feels Sweet Cheeks is making a big difference in our local community but has only scratched the surface. As a board member he is looking forward to continuing to push the organization even further.
A native of the greater Cincinnati area, Susan is passionate about caring for under-served populations. She works at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center where she cares for children with pulmonary hypertension and the lung transplant program. Susan participated in the United Way BOLD program in the spring of 2016 where she learned about Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank. She quickly realized the amazing work that was being done at Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank, and is thrilled to be involved with this organization. In her free time, Susan enjoys travel and spending time with family.
Cindy is a patent attorney at Dinsmore & Shohl, where she works with Fortune 500 companies and individual inventors alike to protect their intellectual property rights. After she and her husband Wyatt had their daughter Sasha, Cindy learned of the diaper need in Cincinnati and Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank, and she knew she wanted to get involved. Cindy brings several years of Board experience to the Board of Directors, where she serves as the Chair.
Angela Penick attended high school in the Cincinnati area, and subsequently obtained a Bachelor’s of Science from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. After working as a writer, Ms. Penick returned to school to obtain her Juris Doctorate from Northern Kentucky University’s Chase College of Law. Ms. Penick is a wife, mother to one set of sweet cheeks, as well as one four-legged family member. Ms. Penick’s passion is to see the world and she has visited each continent except Australia and Antarctica. They are on the list.
Ms. Penick is admitted to practice law in the State of Ohio, as well as Federal Courts in the Southern District of Ohio. When Ms. Penick is not practicing law, she enjoys devoting her time to non-profit organizations that work to improve our world locally and globally. Ms. Penick is a proud member of the Executive Board for the Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank, a Cincinnati-based non-profit group that is committed to bringing awareness and resolution to the issue of diaper need.
In addition to Sweet Cheeks, Ms. Penick is also proud to be a member of the Executive Board for the Village Life Outreach Project, a Cincinnati-based non-profit group that works toward uniting communities to promote Life, Health and Education in impoverished villages of rural Tanzania, East Africa. You can learn more about this organization at villagelifeoutreachproject.
Ms. Penick also utilizes her law license to assist in local court pro bono clinics.
Kneisha is Lead Executive Coach and Founder of Resolution Coaching LLC. She holds a B.A. in Finance from Michigan State University (MSU) and an M.S. in Organizational Behavior with a concentration in Executive and Professional Coaching from the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). She is an Authorized DiSC Partner, DiSC Certified Facilitator, and holds an accreditation from the International Coach Federation (ICF). With over 6 years of experience as a Finance professional with General Electric (GE) Company and 4 years as an Executive and Professional coach, Kneisha is adept in financial planning, risk assessment, project management, coaching, content creation, and facilitation. She is an instructor through MSU HR Executive Education Program and described as an inclusive, open-minded, and curious leader.
Skills to highlight, are her abilities to:
- Coach, train, and develop others
- Strategically think and tactically align goals to the company’s vision
- Use change management strategies, clearly communicate, and champion execution
Kneisha and her loving husband, Dan, are from Detroit, MI. They moved to Cincinnati over 6 years ago and are excited to grow and make a mark on the city. They love to travel, try new restaurants, and spend time with family and friends.
Jeff is a CPA at Mellott & Mellott P.L.L., a local public accounting firm located in downtown Cincinnati. He has been with the firm for over eight years. Jeff attended Ohio University where he received his bachelor’s degree in business administration in 2009. Jeff and his wife, Meagan, currently reside in Villa Hills, Kentucky. They recently welcomed their first child into the world, Macke Ann, in September 2017. Jeff is very excited to be part of SCDB. As a new parent, he fully understands the costs of raising a child. He is very grateful and blessed to be in a position where he can dedicate his time and efforts to give back to the community and provide support to an organization such as Sweet Cheeks. Jeff joined the Board during 2017.
Matt is currently the director for Dempsey & Siders Insurance agency Inc, a subsidiary of Great American Insurance. He provides businesses and individuals asset protection solutions through tailored insurance programs. He and his wife Molly currently reside in Hyde Park, OH and are both born and raised in Cincinnati. Matt received his bachelor’s degree in marketing and public relations from Northern Kentucky University. He is also a board member of the Judy & John Ruthven Foundation, which focuses on the arts, education and historical preservation. Matt joined the board of directors in 2017 and is excited to be a part of Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank.
Tiffany is a patent attorney at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital working in the Center for Technology and Commercialization Office for almost four years, having come from Procter & Gamble’s legal department.
Tiffany has had the tour of Ohio: a proud Cincinnatian, Tiffany went to high school in Milford; then off to The Ohio State University to major in molecular genetics; followed by a stint up in Cleveland at Case Western University to get her law degree (she decided to leave Cleveland when LeBron James left town.)
Tiffany and her husband, Adam, recently moved to North Avondale where they are learning to take care of an older home, and are enjoying days with their two cats and puppy, Bishop. They are big travelers, with the constant friendly debate being adventure travel or beach vacation. Tiffany is honored to be a part of an organization that touches a community she loves so much.